Death of a Legend (2000)
Andrzej Zawada, originator of winter himalaism,
during his last expedition (Nanga Parbat 1997/98)
Monika Rogozinska, Rzeczpospolita
Zawada was the first climber to step above 8000 meters
in winter. The Polish climbing legend reached 8000
meters plus on Lhotse in 1974 during the winter.
Andrej was the first to reach the Summit of Kunyang
Chhish in Pakistan, an extremely difficult peak to
summit. But Andrej will be best remembered for being
an expedition leader. He was the expedition leader
that put the first two men on the Summit of Everest in
Wielicki and Leszek Cichy.)
Zawada gave climbing the idea of winter 8000 meter
climbing when he led the first ever expedition which
conquered Mount Everest in winter. He was a honorary
member old British Alpine Club, Groupe de Haute
Montagne and member of The Explorers Club.
Zawada was the expedition leader of the first ever
expeditions to summit Cho Oyu and Lhotse in winter
along with his long list of other achievements. He
died this Autumn of cancer in Poland. In 1997 he led
the Polish climb of Nanga Parbat in winter at the age
of 69 !!!
partial list of achievements by Polish climbers
successes in winter on 8000 meter climbs see
Makalu Expedition 2000/2001:
Wielicki takes on Makalu in the Winter ! Krzysztof
will attempt to be the first
climber to summit Makalu for a second time. Krzysztof,
in style will attempt this climb in Winter !!!